European aircraft maker Airbus announced Friday it will ramp up production of its best-selling A320 jet as overall profits climb sharply.
Airbus also revealed it is launching a 1.0-billion-euro ($1.2 billion) buyback of its own shares.
Citing a "healthy" commercial aircraft market, Airbus said it was increasing output of the popular single-aisle A320 family to 60 a month in mid-2019, up from just over 42 a month now.
The announcement came just a day after state-owned China Aviation Supplies Holding Group signed a deal to buy 100 A320 aircraft, worth $9.7 billion at list prices.
Airbus said net profit rose 42 percent from a year earlier to 376 million euros in the three months to September 30 as it reaped the benefit of strong sales and a firm dollar.
Sales rose six percent to 14.1 billion euros over the period.
"We again increased revenues, profitability and cash generation due to a good operational performance. We're on track to deliver on our full year guidance," chief executive Tom Enders said in a statement.
Airbus' board had decided to start the one-billion-euro share buyback immediately, he said, prompted by progress in the business, divestments and the company's cash position.
The share buyback should be complete by June 30 next year, Enders said.
New airplane orders over the first nine months of the year soared 42 percent to 112 billion euros, the group said.